"Golem, a digital slave nightmare"
by Julia Taylor for remotegoat on 08/10/15

HOME continue their innovative season with a masterpiece of technology by the 1927 theatre company.

Renowned for their inventiveness, 1927 have come up with a brilliant new show, Golem. Written and directed by Suzanne Andrade, it encompasses film, animation and design by Paul Barritt and music by Lillian Henley, some recorded, some live.

Golem is set in a high definition world where technology ends up controlling the user rather than vice-versa.

It’s a world where slavery has been re-invented in the form of Golem, a robot man created from clay.

He gets his name from the Golem of Jewish myth which suggests that incantations can turn a mound of clay into a slave-man.

Nerdy Robert Robertson, well illustrated by Shamira Turner, is condemned to boredom by working in a job where he is back-up to the back-up.

In an impulsive moment he purchases the new Golem and finds his every need met by his new toy. Golem has a personality of his own and an extraordinary attachment to Benedict Cumberbatch,

He does the cooking, cleaning and shopping leaving Robert with little to think about.

Things speed up when Robert purchases a more advanced Golem 2 which helps him achieve promotion and attract two glamorous. young women. The world appears to be his oyster.

Even Robert’s gran who likes to knit, is persuaded to buy a high speed knitting machine. Rose Robinson gets some well deserved laughs in that role as she does when playing Joy, “a frumpy 35-year-old who wants babies.”

The sheer genius of this production comes from its technicality, largely thanks to Paul Barritt’s imaginative imput.

The cast – Will Close, Charlotte Dubery, Lilian Henley, Rose Robinson and Shamira Turner interact perfectly with animated characters and each other. They have exquisite physical and musical timing.

Voice actor, Ben Whitehead, is a perfect choice for the voice of Golem.

You’ll have to see the show to discover what form Golem 3 takes.

This is contemporary theatre at its best.

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